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"No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read."
Lemony Snicket
— 7 months ago with 268 notes
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Happy Birthday, Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket, born 28 February 1970
24 Quotes

Happy Birthday, Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket, born 28 February 1970

24 Quotes

— 7 months ago with 4210 notes
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"Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch or you might simply get covered in sap and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors where it is harder to get a splinter."
Lemony Snicket
— 10 months ago with 19065 notes
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"A mystery is solved with a story."
Lemony Snicket
— 10 months ago with 162 notes
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"We are all told to ignore bullies. It’s something they teach you, and they can teach you anything. It doesn’t mean you learn it. It doesn’t mean you believe it. One should never ignore bullies. One should stop them."
Lemony Snicket
— 11 months ago with 650 notes
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"I’m not a stranger,” I said, and pointed to his book. “I’m someone who reads the same authors you do."
Lemony Snicket
— 11 months ago with 6700 notes
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"Oftentimes, when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps."
Lemony Snicket
— 1 year ago with 158 notes
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"It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things."
Lemony Snicket
— 1 year ago with 649 notes
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Literary Birthday - 28 February
Happy Birthday, Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket, born 28 February 1970
Daniel Handler Quotes
I was researching my first novel … and I was on the phone with a right-wing religious organization. I wanted them to mail me material that I could use in my research, but didn’t want to be permanently on their mailing list. They asked me what my name was and I opened my mouth and said ‘Lemony Snicket’. I thought that’s not a name that anyone would necessarily believe. But then the person on the other end of the phone said, ‘Is that spelled how it sounds?’ Which may or may not prove something about right-wing religious organizations.
Writing a book is always a tightrope walk, and always feels strange — one must care about something so thoroughly, in an embryonic state, that one has made up to begin with. 
I’m at my desk Monday through Friday, about 9 AM to about 3 PM, after which I take a walk. My day isn’t haphazard, but one can never predict how long it will take until a manuscript is worth reading, let alone until a manuscript is a book. A good part of writing well is writing lousily.
Before the Snicket books took off I answered phones, sold books, wrote for radio, read manuscripts for a literary agent, played cocktail piano and reviewed films.
You see failed vocabulary in the adult world so often, and it’s often because once you reach a certain age you’re kind of embarrassed to go look up a word if you don’t know what it means. And then you just start using it however it feels right. … I think children are less embarrassed to go look up the truth.
Eavesdrop a lot and take notes. It’s a way to begin to think about how the world around you is made of stories.
I wake up, drink espresso, walk my kid to school, take the bus to a swimming pool, swim laps, and then work, mostly longhand on legal pads, in my office at home or in one of a handful of cafés with very patient staff. I like to listen to appropriate music, and I always need a couple of unsharpened pencils nearby to tap and drum while thinking. 
Everybody has a theory.
Why haven’t we fixed sick yet? You scientists there— put down those starfish and HELP us. I hereby demand that all the people who are good at math make the world free of illness. The rest of us will write you epic poems and staple them together into a booklet.
I sort of love it when things are going badly because I know that means that soon things will go well. I just stay at my desk, and I say, ‘There’s no shame in writing crap,’ knowing that it’s good for the brain because meanwhile, in some corner, something is getting nudged.
I like writing. A lot of writers act like it’s a plague upon them (to write), which is funny to me. If you’re a basketball player making $30 million a year, well, you have your motivation. But in the case of writing I just think, why do it then?
I just don’t think people are reading Twitter instead of a novel. The history of literature has always been interspliced with people worrying about it going away. But it seems to me there are more committed readers than ever.
Lemony Snicket Quotes
Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.
Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
One of the remarkable things about love is that, despite very irritating people writing poems and songs about how pleasant it is, it really is quite pleasant.
If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.
People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.
There are some who say that sitting at home reading is the equivalent of travel, because the experiences described in the book are more or less the same as the experiences one might have on a voyage, and there are those who say that there is no substitute for venturing out into the world. My own opinion is that it is best to travel extensively but to read the entire time, hardly glancing up to look out of the window of the airplane, train, or hired camel.
Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.
There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different.
All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.
No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read.
Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.
It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed. If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven’t, you cannot possibly imagine it.
Lemony Snicket is a pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler. He is also a screenwriter and accordionist. Handler is the author of several children’s books, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events and appearing as a character within the series.
by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 28 February

Happy Birthday, Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket, born 28 February 1970

Daniel Handler Quotes

  1. I was researching my first novel … and I was on the phone with a right-wing religious organization. I wanted them to mail me material that I could use in my research, but didn’t want to be permanently on their mailing list. They asked me what my name was and I opened my mouth and said ‘Lemony Snicket’. I thought that’s not a name that anyone would necessarily believe. But then the person on the other end of the phone said, ‘Is that spelled how it sounds?’ Which may or may not prove something about right-wing religious organizations.
  2. Writing a book is always a tightrope walk, and always feels strange — one must care about something so thoroughly, in an embryonic state, that one has made up to begin with. 
  3. I’m at my desk Monday through Friday, about 9 AM to about 3 PM, after which I take a walk. My day isn’t haphazard, but one can never predict how long it will take until a manuscript is worth reading, let alone until a manuscript is a book. A good part of writing well is writing lousily.
  4. Before the Snicket books took off I answered phones, sold books, wrote for radio, read manuscripts for a literary agent, played cocktail piano and reviewed films.
  5. You see failed vocabulary in the adult world so often, and it’s often because once you reach a certain age you’re kind of embarrassed to go look up a word if you don’t know what it means. And then you just start using it however it feels right. … I think children are less embarrassed to go look up the truth.
  6. Eavesdrop a lot and take notes. It’s a way to begin to think about how the world around you is made of stories.
  7. I wake up, drink espresso, walk my kid to school, take the bus to a swimming pool, swim laps, and then work, mostly longhand on legal pads, in my office at home or in one of a handful of cafés with very patient staff. I like to listen to appropriate music, and I always need a couple of unsharpened pencils nearby to tap and drum while thinking. 
  8. Everybody has a theory.
  9. Why haven’t we fixed sick yet? You scientists there— put down those starfish and HELP us. I hereby demand that all the people who are good at math make the world free of illness. The rest of us will write you epic poems and staple them together into a booklet.
  10. I sort of love it when things are going badly because I know that means that soon things will go well. I just stay at my desk, and I say, ‘There’s no shame in writing crap,’ knowing that it’s good for the brain because meanwhile, in some corner, something is getting nudged.
  11. I like writing. A lot of writers act like it’s a plague upon them (to write), which is funny to me. If you’re a basketball player making $30 million a year, well, you have your motivation. But in the case of writing I just think, why do it then?
  12. I just don’t think people are reading Twitter instead of a novel. The history of literature has always been interspliced with people worrying about it going away. But it seems to me there are more committed readers than ever.

Lemony Snicket Quotes

  1. Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.
  2. Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
  3. One of the remarkable things about love is that, despite very irritating people writing poems and songs about how pleasant it is, it really is quite pleasant.
  4. If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.
  5. People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.
  6. There are some who say that sitting at home reading is the equivalent of travel, because the experiences described in the book are more or less the same as the experiences one might have on a voyage, and there are those who say that there is no substitute for venturing out into the world. My own opinion is that it is best to travel extensively but to read the entire time, hardly glancing up to look out of the window of the airplane, train, or hired camel.
  7. Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.
  8. There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different.
  9. All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.
  10. No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read.
  11. Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.
  12. It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed. If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven’t, you cannot possibly imagine it.

Lemony Snicket is a pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler. He is also a screenwriter and accordionist. Handler is the author of several children’s books, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events and appearing as a character within the series.

by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

— 1 year ago with 630 notes
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I will love you

I will love you as a thief loves a gallery and as a crow loves a murder, as a cloud loves bats and as a range loves braes.

I will love you as misfortune loves orphans, as fire loves innocence and as justice loves to sit and watch while everything goes wrong.

I will love you as a battlefield loves young men and as peppermints love your allergies, and I will love you as the banana peel loves the shoe of a man who was just struck by a shingle falling off a house.

I will love you as a volunteer fire department loves rushing into burning buildings and as burning buildings love to chase them back out, and as a parachute loves to leave a blimp and as a blimp operator loves to chase after it.

I will love you as a dagger loves a certain person’s back, and as a certain person loves to wear dagger proof tunics, and as a dagger proof tunic loves to go to a certain dry cleaning facility, and how a certain employee of a dry cleaning facility loves to stay up late with a pair of binoculars, watching a dagger factory for hours in the hopes of catching a burglar, and as a burglar loves sneaking up behind people with binoculars, suddenly realizing that she has left her dagger at home. 

I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment, and as a secret compartment loves a secret, and as a secret loves to make a person gasp, and as a gasping person loves a glass of brandy to calm their nerves, and as a glass of brandy loves to shatter on the floor, and as the noise of glass shattering loves to make someone else gasp, and as someone else gasping loves a nearby desk to lean against, even if leaning against it presses a lever that loves to open a drawer and reveal a secret compartment. I will love you until all such compartments are discovered and opened, and until all the secrets have gone gasping into the world. I will love you until all the codes and hearts have been broken and until every anagram and egg has been unscrambled.

I will love you until every fire is extinguished and until every home is rebuilt from the handsomest and most susceptible of woods, and until every criminal is handcuffed by the laziest of policemen.

I will love you until M. hates snakes and J. hates grammar, and I will love you until C. realizes S. is not worthy of his love and N. realizes he is not worthy of the V.

I will love you until the bird hates a nest and the worm hates an apple, and until the apple hates a tree and the tree hates a nest, and until a bird hates a tree and an apple hates a nest, although honestly I cannot imagine that last occurrence no matter how hard I try. 

I will love you as we grow older, which has just happened, and has happened again, and happened several days ago, continuously, and then several years before that, and will continue to happen as the spinning hands of every clock and the flipping pages of every calendar mark the passage of time, except for the clocks that people have forgotten to wind and the calendars that people have forgotten to place in a highly visible area.

I will love you as we find ourselves farther and farther from one another, where we once we were so close that we could slip the curved straw, and the long, slender spoon, between our lips and fingers respectively.

I will love you until the chances of us running into one another slip from slim to zero, and until your face is fogged by distant memory, and your memory faced by distant fog, and your fog memorized by a distant face, and your distance distanced by the memorized memory of a foggy fog.

I will love you no matter where you go and who you see, no matter where you avoid and who you don’t see, and no matter who sees you avoiding where you go. 

I will love you no matter what happens to you, and no matter how I discover what happens to you, and no matter what happens to me as I discover this, and no matter how I am discovered after what happens to me as I am discovering this.

~Lemony Snicket

— 1 year ago with 156 notes
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